William Greider, a prominent political journalist and author, has been a reporter for more than 35 years for newspapers, magazines and television. Over the past two decades, he has persistently challenged mainstream thinking on economics.
For 17 years Greider was the National Affairs Editor at Rolling Stone magazine, where his investigation of the defense establishment began. He is a former assistant managing editor at the Washington Post, where he worked for fifteen years as a national correspondent, editor and columnist. While at the Post, he broke the story of how David Stockman, Ronald Reagan’s budget director, grew disillusioned with supply-side economics and the budget deficits that policy caused, which still burden the American economy.
He is the author of the national bestsellers One World, Ready or Not, Secrets of the Temple and Who Will Tell The People. In the award-winning Secrets of the Temple, he offered a critique of the Federal Reserve system. Greider has also served as a correspondent for six Frontline documentaries on PBS, including “Return to Beirut,” which won an Emmy in 1985.
Greider’s most recent book is The Soul of Capitalism: Opening Paths to A Moral Economy. In it, he untangles the systemic mysteries of American capitalism, details its destructive collisions with society and demonstrates how people can achieve decisive influence to reform the system’s structure and operating values.
Raised in Wyoming, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati, he graduated from Princeton University in 1958. He currently lives in Washington, DC.
The news was so stunning I refused to believe it until I saw John McCainon the TV screen announcing his pick for Vice President. There's no needto disparage Sarah Palin. She's seems like a smart, serious person. Butwhat the choice reveals about McCain is devastating with a capital D forDesperation.
Within forty-eight hours, all America will be talking about her. What people willsay is, "You mean, if John McCain croaks, she becomes our president?"Gasp, yes. That is what McCain has decided. So much for "experience" andwise judgment as a campaign issue.
The Senator was widely thought to be on the fifty-yard line, nose to nosewith Barack Obama. But this selection reveals the Republican campaignstrategists knew better. Picking the obscure and under-experiencedgovernor from Alaska for veep means McCain and his people recognize theyare in a very weak position for the fall campaign. So weak they decidedto throw a forty-year Hail Mary pass and hope audaciously for a luckycatch.
Win or lose, whatever happens next, Barack Obama is now established as oneof those rare, courageous teachers who leads the country onto newground. He has given us a way to talk about race and our otherdifferences with the clarity and honesty that politics does not normallytolerate. Whether this hurts or helps his presidential prospects is notyet clear, but he has done this for us and it will change the country,whatever the costs to him.
His words should discourage the media frenzy of fear-driven gotcha. His speech in Philadelphia on Tuesday may also make the Clintons re-think their unsubtle exploitation of racial tension. But nobody knows the depth or strength of thecommonplace fears streaming through the underground of public feelings.No one can be sure of what people will hear in Obama's confidentembrace, beckoning Americans in all their differences, leaving out noone, to a better understanding of themselves.
The Clintons play dirty when they feel threatened. But we knew that, didn't we?
The recent roughing-up of Barack Obama was in the trademark style of the Clinton years in the White House. High-minded and self-important on the surface, smarmily duplicitous underneath, meanwhile jabbing hard to the groin area. They are a slippery pair and come as a package. The nation is at fair risk of getting them back in the White House for four more years. The thought makes me queasy.
The problem is not Hillary Clinton per se or the sharp exchanges and personal accusations that squeamish political reporters deplore. That's what politics is always about. Tough, even nasty conflict is educational, also entertaining. Politics ain't beanbag, as Mark Shields likes to say.